Why we chose the DPS Koala 103: Versatile, playful, powerful
Lengths (cm): 168, 176, 183 & 189
Sidecut (mm): 129 / 103 / 119 (184 cm)
Radius: 22m (183 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,040g
Price: £699 / €699 / $699
DPS first released their Koala range of skis, with the Koala 119, back in 2019. Named after their athlete lineup – the DPS Koalas – the Koala 119 brought an extremely damp, playful and symmetrical build that was a far cry from DPS’ directional carbon roots.
Now for the 2022 winter season, DPS are releasing a new Koala to the lineup in the Koala 103. It carries the same playful yet damp design that was at the heart of the original Koala, but just in a 103 millimetre waisted all-mountain package.
DPS Koala 103 Build
While it’s fair to say that DPS’ traditional carbon fibre builds would be a little overkill to merge with such a playful shape like the Koala, DPS did have a trick up their sleeve in their own in-house Foundation construction. First released in 2017, the Foundation construction represents a build that’s more akin to traditional skis: lots of fibreglass and dense wood.
Foundation makes use of two laminates of triaxial fibreglass that sandwich a Poplar woodcore. The fibreglass laminates are playful yet damp, while the poplar core gives the ski a satisfying pop and energy that makes all shapes and sizes of jumps enjoyable.
Unidirectional carbon stringers sit above both fibreglass laminates to ensure that energy is transferred right back from the very ends of the ski. This construction gives you a build that remains poppy on the lips and stable through the chop.